In a victory for “GOP racial gerrymanders everywhere” and a significant loss for voting rights, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday overturned a lower court ruling and revived electoral districts drawn by Texas Republicans that many experts say are blatantly designed to discriminate against minorities.
“After years of litigation and undeniable proof of intentional discrimination, minority voters in Texas—despite constituting a majority of the population within the state—will continue to be underrepresented in the political process.”
—Supreme Court Justice Sonia SotomayorCompounding what has already been a rough several days for activists and legal experts working to combat gerrymandering nationwide, the Supreme Court also decided to send a major North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case back to a lower court, leaving intact congressional maps that rights groups argue were drawn to discriminate against Democratic voters.
Common Cause—an advocacy organization that is one of the main plaintiffs in the North Carolina case—expressed dismay at both of the high court’s rulings on Monday but vowed to continue fighting for the voting rights of all Americans.
“Voting rights in Texas were dealt a severe blow today by the U.S. Supreme Court as the Roberts Court upheld the legislature’s extreme racial gerrymander that robbed hundreds of thousands of minority residents of a voice in Austin,” Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, said in a statement following the court’s 5-4 ruling.
Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, added, “We must end gerrymandering to ensure all voters have a voice in our democracy.”
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